Fuji Japanese Steak House, Hibachi, & Sushi's name encapsulates the chefs' dedication to forging a variety of Japan's most iconic dishes. The sushi chefs assemble 35 rolls, filling the Specialty Maki with lobster, onions, spicy salmon, and a honey-wasabi sauce, plating the roll as artfully as Michelangelo’s sculpture of the David’s favorite pizza. In the kitchen, platefuls of vegetables, chicken, and shrimp sear atop hibachi grills, and servings of beef teriyaki and yaki udon round out the menu's selection.
Joel’s Front Yard Steak House has served a hearty menu of varied steak, seafood, and pasta since 1965. Maryland crab cakes ($9.95 for two) start meals with house remoulade and golden-fried flavor. Experience the slow-roasted deliciousness of a one-pound slab of the house specialty, prime rib ($24.95), also available blackened and Cajun-spiced for an additional $1. Cognac tenderloin tips cover char-broiled filet-mignon tips with a cognac-brandy shallot sauce and helpful advice ($21.95), and the seafood pasta scampi throws caution to the wind and tosses sea scallops and shrimp over pasta and garlic sauce ($18.95). Chicken parmigiana takes a classically prepared Italian dish and places it atop the pasta du jour ($16.95). Transform any meal into a surf-and-turf dinner with seafood add-ons including market-price lobster tail or parmesan, scampi, Cajun, or fried fresh sea scallops ($8.95).
Chef Laura Pensiero has trained at the French Culinary Institute, possesses a background in nutrition, and radiates with genuine enthusiasm for healthy, local and sustainable foods. So, it’s not entirely surprising she’s racked up some local and national fame, including features in O Magazine and the title as one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Four Best Veteran Chefs in 2012. Best of all, patrons don’t even have to visit one of Pensiero’s award-winning restaurants, Gigi Trattoria or Gigi Market, to get a taste of her food; they can stop into Just Salad, where she is the master-mind behind all the recipes.
Dedicated to providing healthy and fast meals, Just Salad assembles more than 14 varieties of wraps and salads, or puts customers in charge, allowing them to concoct their own lunch from a wide range of fresh vegetables, cheeses, proteins, and Chef Pensiero’s homemade dressings. Salads are tossed inside reusable bowls, which the shop encourages customers to bring back on their second, third, and so-on visits. In return, they’ll receive two free “essential toppings”—such as lentils, mandarin oranges, and artichoke hearts—and one free cheese tossed onto a salad, tucked inside a wrap, or pelted at their mortal enemy.
Piada founders Andrea, Daniele, and Giovanni import the tastes of their native land into the eatery’s eponymous dish, a hot flatbread sandwich popular in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. Diners can pick from eight traditional piadas—each named for a film by Emilia-Romagna native Federico Fellini—or opt to construct their own from organic, locally grown vegetables, imported Italian meats, and cheeses made only with milk, rennet, and salt. Behind gleaming floor-to-ceiling glass, communal tables host crowds of midday diners and itinerant tomato jugglers, and sippers wash down meals with gulps of hot italian coffee.
The Lake House’s chefs create innovative seafood plates and hearty steaks as diners take in lakeside views from the interior of an historic hotel built in 1843. Scan the menu before electing upscale eats such as pumpkin-seed-encrusted trout filets in sherry cream ($16.99) or pan-seared hunter’s ducks dressed in a pear-and-peppercorn au jus ($22.99). Chefs stuff the Lake House bone-in pork chop with an autumnal mélange of apples, onions, blue cheese, and cloud bacon before tossing it on the grill and drenching it in an apple-cider glaze ($17.99). Dinner diners sink meat fangs into a New York strip steak’s side ($19.99), and luncheon guests peruse burgers and sandwiches such as the grilled-chicken cordon bleu, which sports ham, swiss cheese, and a jaunty monocle atop its grilled roll ($8.99). Lounge on the patio facing the lake or illumine meals indoors with the light of Tiffany-style stained-glass table lamps.